Here at the 100 Club we’re delighted to be one of the official venues of Independent Venue Week in 2018.

Independent Venue Week is back and it’s bigger than ever as it celebrates its fifth birthday with more venues, and more ambassadors.

What started out with just 17 venues in 2014 for the first IVW, now there are 160 venues signed-up already to stage shows between Monday 29 January and Sunday 4 February 2018 as part of a week-long showcase of the UK’s independent venues.

Plus to help get IVW’s birthday celebrations really going this year there are five ambassadors – rather than the usual one – to champion the cause.

The first two to be announced are South Tyneside singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, who released her third full-length record, Holiday Destination, to critical acclaim earlier in 2017, and Portishead multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Adrian Utley – with the remaining three ambassadors set to be announced soon.

“Don’t get me wrong I’m all for a fancy sit down gig in some elaborate venue but I’ll take a sweat fest in some small dive any day of the week. Being so close to a stage and properly submerging yourself in a show is hard to top,” says Shah of why she’s signed-up for IVW 18.

“As a musician it gives me a proper thrill to have the audience so close, they don’t miss a trick so I have to pull my finger out and really up my game. Do yourself a favour and get yaself down to an independent venue to watch artists you’ve never heard of before, you can be that smug arsehole who says ‘I saw them first’.”

Dead! are headlining the line up for IVW18 at the 100 club on 1st February 2018.